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I have been in the music business for the past six years as a Producer, Audio Engineer, Songwriter, Arranger, Musician, and Music Teacher. I am a vocal coach, a keyboardist, and guitarist with gigging experience. I have worked with several artists and musicians in the studio and I always strive to push all the right buttons to make sure that my artists and students get the most out of their lessons and learning experience.
Piano at age 5, trombone 10, guitar 11, Hartford Conservatory of Music 1969, Won Arion Award for academic and musical achievement. 1968-69, First chair trombone Connecticut All Sate Orchestra two years consecutive. Age 16 began composing, singing, and performing original music. 1969, Classical guitar from master teacher Manuel Lopez Ramos, Mexico City 1970, Hartt School of music in Hartford Connecticut, major in Trombone, minor in classic guitar, and music performance, 1971, Sighed publishing/recording contract with Harry Palmer Agency in New York City; Recored composed and performed sound track for non-profit fund fundraising film “Another Day For Teresa” RCA recording studios 1971, Decision to pursue guitar and vocal performance as a career and has continued until present time. 1975, Tampa FL, 1st place talent competition, began professional performing career. 1976-1981, Guitar instructor and vocal studies at Carbonnell Conservatory of music 1976-1982, Tampa, opening act for Judy Collins, The Pure Prairie League, Dave Mason, and Lou Rawls, Tampa Bay Super Bowl. 1985, Wrote, produced and recored first album "Open Highway". 1991-1999-Adjunct guitar instructor Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA 1999- Received certification to teach“Suzuki Method of Teaching Guitar”, 1981, Started Michael Geddes Productions, writing and producing jingles for radio and television in greater Tampa Bay area. 1984-2001-Key performer at Massenuttten Resort, Skyland, and Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National park. 1998-Voice, James Madison University, 1985-2017 Written, recorded 5 Cassette and 3 CDs recordings of original music. Michael Geddes Productions in Virginia a recording studio dedicated to recording and producing authentic music and narrative recordings from the Shenandoah Vally of VA. 1999, Composed theme music for PBS special, “Slow Train To Yesterday”, “Home Town Christmas”, 2001 received certification in mediation, Harrisonburg, VA 1998, 1989-2003, Produced Jingles in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Virginia region. 2002-2017, Teaching studios in Fredericksburg and in Stafford Va. 2007. ICF Certified iPEC life coach. Currently resides, performs and teaches Michel Geddes Comprehensive Guitar in Richmond VA.
I do not use a particular method book, but utilize a more practical, hands-on teaching method. I liken it to trying to memorize a foreign language dictionary. You may be able to do that but you are not going to be able to converse with someone without actively talking with someone who speaks that language. Music is another form of communication, and the most important and rewarding aspect is being able to play with others. I focus right away on rhythmic studies, synchronization of the hands, and being able to feel the "groove" inherent in all styles. Only after a certain confidence is reached do I present more theory related elements like intervals, scales, arpeggios, counting, harmony, and musical structures, as well as reading/writing notation and tablature.
I have been hosting and playing singer/songwriter showcases for 10 years. I have in that time completed and released Three full length CD's of original Music. 2008 Brother Lou "As Good As You Want" 2011 Brother Lou "The Devil in Me", and 2013 "We The People"
I have taught many different classes and played various instruments in many different ensembles and settings. I am a fluent musician/song writer and I relay through my methodology, a system of learning with minimal frustration and maximized student success. I effectively teach students how to put their ideas and emotions into music. I am adept and respectful of diverse learning styles and will encourage the best of each student. I am soundly qualified and confident that I can effectively develop any student’s ambition into successful musical endeavors.
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The most important thing students learn is how to have fun when they are playing the guitar! It can be a challenge to master the basics, and it can take a lot of practice but with the proper teacher, students can be playing their favorite songs without too much trouble. Topics covered during guitar lessons include: learning notes, open chords, barre chords, finger picking, sight reading techniques, music theory as well as how to strum and pluck with the fingers.
It is recommended that young students begin by learning on smaller, half or three-quarter sized guitars. For older students, they may want to start off on an electric guitar, but only if they find it comfortable enough to hold and play. For $150 - $200, a brand new student model guitar can purchased. However, this price does not include the cost of buying an amplifier or guitar leads, which are essential for an electric guitar player. Consider buying the highest quality instrument your budget will permit, as the better the quality, the easier the instrument will be to play. This makes learning and playing much more enjoyable for the student, and will therefore help them to progress quicker.
Children need three main things in order to begin guitar lessons: physical dexterity in their hands, patience and commitment to practice between lessons. With the help of one of our great instructors, some hard work, and daily practice, students can quickly improve to a point where they can play their favorite songs. Parental encouragement also plays a big role in determining a students success.
We recommend that students looking to start guitar lessons have a clear goal in mind - such as learning to play a few of their favorite songs. When you start lessons, your teacher will help you unlock the skills required to reach your goals. Keep in mind that you might not be able to start off with the exact song you want to learn - it could take months of study and practice to learn all of the notes and chords required to turn your dream into a reality.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home guitar lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
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